Iago by David Snodin
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An unforgettable adventure beginning where Shakespeare's Othello leaves off

Wounded in love, tormented by his past, Shakespeare's most complex villain is brought magnificently to life in this tale of two adversaries—one an accused killer; the other, one of the most powerful men in Venice. Having escaped from Cyprus, accused of the murders of the governor, known as the Moor, and his lovely young wife, Iago is now locked in battle with Annibale Malipiero, known as Il Terribile, the chief inquisitor of Italy's greatest city.

Malipiero is repelled by the more brutal tasks of the interrogante. His obsession is with the very nature of evil. What makes a man into a murderer, he longs to know? Is Iago a lone psychopath, or does he lie at the heart of a more widespread Ottoman conspiracy? Malipiero knows that torture will not provide him with the answers he seeks. But there is, perhaps, a more audacious and unusual route to the truth . . .

Exuberantly inventive, thrillingly complex, and richly entertaining, Iago will captivate fans already familiar with Shakespeare and appeal to anyone who loves a rich historical novel. Iago marks the emergence of a remarkable new literary voice.


 

About David Snodin

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David Snodin was William Shakespeare's script editor. He worked on the BBC's epic series of Shakespeare's plays, and0 his award-winning television production credits also include Jane Austen's Persuasion, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. He lives in London and Crete.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.. 466 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s a contrived setup, but it gives Snodin room to pursue a variety of themes: As Gentile and Iago interact, the author explores Renaissance-era attitudes toward philosophy, warmongering and romance.

Jan 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Iago: A Novel

The New York Times

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New novels by David Snodin, Chan Koonchung, Liz Moore, Amy Franklin-Willis and Suzzy Roche.

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Publishers Weekly

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The chase is on to find, capture, and above all understand Shakespeare’s cleverest villain in this debut novel by Snodin, previously a screenwriter for the BBC who worked on adapting the Bard.

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Examiner

Shakespeare's tightly constructed plot balloons in the novel form, as Galland retells the action from Iago's point-of-view and with much of Iago's commentary.

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Examiner

Though he takes some liberties with Shakespeare's play, the problem Snodin approaches in the novel is the problem of the end of the play: what is Iago's motivation?

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USA Today

Underneath that sociopathic exterior, it turns out, Iago is kind of a big softie.Of course it's intriguing to see how Snodin reimagines Iago, and how the author exposes Iago's motives for having betrayed Othello.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Through a series of (dare I say it?) Machiavellian plot twists, the Chief Inquisitor arranges for Gentile to be falsely accused of murder, incarcerated with Iago, and then is manipulated into escaping with Iago, Gentile’s tutor Baldassare, and the object of Gentile’s love, Franceschina.

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Open Letters Monthly

The fact that the Iago in Snodin’s new novel shows neither outward honesty nor any subtlety at all is no fault of Iago the novel.

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City Book Review

In Iago by David Snodin, the reader is transported to sixteenth-century Cyprus for a retelling of the Othello story, made famous by Shakespeare.

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About.com

Gentile Stornello, the young swain, is accused of murder and brought purposefully into the clutches of Annibale Malipiere, the chief interrogator (read torturer) of Venice, the man who wants both to understand Iago's motivation and to dispatch him.

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Journal Sentinel

Laurence FIshburne (left) and Kenneth Branagh appeared in Oliver Parker's film adaptation of "Othello."

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Bookmarks Magazine

Having escaped from Cyprus, accused of the murders of the governor, known as the Moor, and his lovely young wife, Iago is now locked in battle with Annibale Malipiero, known as Il Terribile, the chief inquisitor of Italy's greatest city.Malipiero is repelled by the more brutal tasks of the...

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Chicago Sun Times

Even that violent rogue known as Iago begins to grow on us as he alternately stabs and caresses his way across the countryside.

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AARP

Enjoy three fun-filled days of activities — and don't-miss concerts by The Temptations, The Four Tops and Shania Twain.

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